Things Southerners Always Have On Their Breakfast Table

Southern cuisine goes far beyond fried chicken, black-eyed peas and greens. Indeed, Southerners do everything a little differently, including breakfast. If you wander outside the region, you're unlikely to find grits (with cheese, shrimp or butter) or super-salty country ham, but those things are always on a Southern breakfast table along with these other regional delights.


Biscuits are one of the absolute most iconic breakfast dishes in America, and they are the basis of any Southern breakfast, whether you're having a quick on-the-go meal or a Sunday brunch with the family.

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White Gravy

While you can top your buttery, flaky biscuits with just about anything, white gravy is one of those delicious regional breakfast dishes you need to try. Make it from the drippings from your breakfast sausage or bacon and enjoy.

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When you think of what a simple, old-fashioned breakfast looks like, chances are you're thinking of bread and jam. Indeed, a good, homemade jam goes a long way on top of a buttery, warm biscuit.

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Sweet Milk Waffles

This sweet breakfast will make you feel nostalgic for your days devouring simple and delicious waffles at your local diner.

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Chicken and Waffles

Top your homemade waffles with some perfectly fried chicken. Chicken and waffles may be a dish that originated up north, but you can find this duo on the menu at the best soul food restaurants in America, and it's a dish that is beloved in the South.

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If you want to cook like a real New Orleans chef, then you need to have a good beignet recipe on hand. These fluffy, doughnut-like treats are best eaten hot and smothered in powdered sugar.

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Pecan Pie Bars

If you want to cook like a Texan, you better use pecans in your breakfast dishes. These pecan pie bars are simple and quick to make.

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Hash Browns

Fried potatoes are a must on the Southern breakfast table. Like all of the best potato recipes, this dish is easily customizable. For some true Southern flair, douse these in hot sauce.

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Whether you're eating country ham or bourbon- and apple-infused ham, a perfectly cooked ham is a must-have for a good Southern breakfast.

For the Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham recipe, click here.

Shrimp and Grits